You don't have to be a Russian oligarch building a multi storey 'iceberg' extension to your home to benefit from a basement conversion. As property prices have strayed out of the affordable range a growing number of homeowners have found themselves looking at new ways of extending their own homes and basements, particularly in period homes, are a godsend in terms of underused and often poky space that is just begging to be converted to glorious kitchen-diners, entertainment areas, extra bedrooms, or playrooms.
Let there be Light
It goes without saying that the biggest challenge to most basement conversions is the question of light. Daylight may not be necessary if you're planning a workshop, storage space, or even a kids playroom but even if you don't want to maximise natural light possibilities it is crucial to have a lighting specialist look at ways to brighten it up. Space below ground is rarely valued as highly as space above ground and the only practical way to change that, and ensure your investment is protected and your home a joy to live in, is lighting.
We can talk to you about a number of possibilities including sunken gardens, or flat roof lights – effectively windows in the ceiling that bring natural light into underground spaces. Where those aren't possible then open plan design and hidden lighting solutions will make the most of space to give it a soft, warm feel.
But don't let there be Damp
When converting basements into living space the issue of damp needs to be taken into account. With so much of a basement's walls in direct contact with earth outside there will always be a risk of damp – certainly given the Midlands winters. There are a number of answers to this including cavity wall drainage that allows water to penetrate into a cavity in the external wall – only to be then drained away. Alternatively there is 'tanking' in which waterproof cement is used to seal walls, floors, and ceilings to keep damp out. If you're planning to put a bathroom into the basement (often not complicated if it is underneath your above ground plumbing) then damp-proofing is also essential not only to stop that bathroom adding to the ambient water but to stop it from being cold for users.
Because your basement's primary function is as part of the support for your whole house it is essential that any professional conversion takes into account the structural implications of making changes – however small they may seem. For some usage it may be necessary to reinforce walls, doorways, and pillars, perhaps putting in new joists or columns. We will take care of sourcing those structural reports and acting on them because remember that anything less will have repercussions for the value of your home – almost certainly your biggest single asset.
Planning and Party Wall Agreements
We don't just ensure that basement conversions comply with planning regulations, we also take care of any party wall agreements that may need to be drawn up with and delivered to your neighbours. Count on us for all the elements of your conversions.
If you are searching on google for basement conversions near me, or either loft and garage conversions, I am pleased to inform you that we have you covered in that department, check out this little selection of towns and Village around the Nottinghamshire area, we have completed all kinds of conversions and building work in these local places over the years. We are always adding to this extensive list for our profile.
Arnold, Bulwell, Beeston, Basford, Burton Joyce, Carlton, Colwick, Mapperley, Mansfield, Papplewick, Ravenshead, Hucknall, West Bridgford, Ruddington, Bingham, Wollaton, Long Eaton, Eastwood, The Park, Alexandra Park, Rushcliffe, Toton, Breaston, Barton, Woodthorpe and Lucknow Drive, Bramcote, Risley, Stapleford, Chilwell, Sutton in Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham.
We also complete other kinds of property conversions around the Nottingham area. If you are looking for loft conversion ideas or garage conversion ideas, we can help and guide you to make the right choice. Also take a look on our Home page as to what other services we can offer you.